Uber, bless their souls, are still trying their darndest amidst all of their controversy over the past couple of months. Their latest venture is an attempt to appeal to a different demographic: truck drivers.
On Thursday, Uber launched Uber Freight, a service designed to make life easier for truck drivers and trucking companies. According to a blog post they released, the app will help match trucking companies with loads to haul. As the company states, “We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day.”
The app functions very similarly to the original, cab-based version. All users need to is search for a load to haul, tap it on the app, and the freight is booked in seconds. A rate confirmation is sent as well, so that truckers know with absolute certainty that a haul is booked.
In addition to helping match companies with freight, Uber Freight touts quick payment as a part of using its service. The company claims that they can pay truckers within a few days, as opposed the the 30+ days that truck drivers typically have to wait for payment. Also, the payments have no fees, and Uber Freight says they will pay for any waiting that drivers have to do, or if “things don’t go as planned,” which they’re calling “accessorial rates.”
The free app is available on both Android and iOS. Should you feel like hauling your rig for Uber, you can sign up here.